Water/Wastewater Utilities Casual Positions

Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Casual Work Available in Water/Wastewater Utilities


On-call, Casual


4:00 p.m., January 27, 2020

(Please include your name and the competition number, 2020-001, in the subject line of your email.)

Encompassing an unparalleled geographic region in the heart of British Columbia, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) offers the best of both worlds. Urban life within vibrant communities and outlying rural regions that showcase the region's beauty - pristine but rugged mountains, rolling grasslands, lush evergreen forests and both historic and modern areas, all within approximately 45,000 square kilometres. Headquartered in the City of Kamloops, the TNRD provides a wide range of local government services to a population of 130,000 located within its 11 diverse municipalities and 10 electoral areas.

The Role:
Reporting to the Manager of Utility Services, our Utilities staff support the Utility Department in water/wastewater treatment and distribution/collection system equipment and facilities. Candidates will be considered for differing levels of casual work dependent on qualifications. The work available may be considered for Utility Maintenance Labourer work, or for those with the water/wastewater certifications noted in the qualifications below, may be considered for Utility Technician work.

Work includes general site, infrastructure and operations maintenance. Depending on qualifications, work may include the collection of routine water/wastewater samples per established schedule, regular inspections of the distribution/collection systems, turn-on and turn-offs of customer services, performing meter reads and responding to customer inquiries and complaints.
  1. Utility Maintenance Labourer Qualifications:
    • Required Skills and Abilities:
      • Class 5 Drivers Licence with an excellent driving record,
      • Very mechanically inclined,
      • Ability to use various types of hand and power tools,
      • Strong organizational, planning, and problem solving skills,
      • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
      • Ability to work independently and under general supervision,
      • Strong understanding of safe work practices in construction and maintenance activities,
      • The ability to read drawings and perform system inspections; and,
      • Must be medically and physically able to perform all duties of this position on an ongoing basis, for example:
        • Maneuver 35 kg - 65 kg valves within a restricted workspace (trench)
        • Manually push/pull/lift pipes/valves/fittings weighing up to 65 kg (e.g. hydrant repairs)
        • Perform manual tasks at heights and in confined spaces (e.g. torque fasteners)
    • The Following Qualifications Are Considered An Asset:
      • Class 3 Drivers Licence,
      • Courses and/or experience in construction and pump dynamics/hydraulics, basic electrical, etc;
      • WHMIS,
      • SWS, SWWS, and EOCP certifications or have the ability to attain these,
      • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook),
      • Fire hydrant maintenance and water sampling training,
      • Compact Excavator, Skid Steer and Forklift operation.
  2. Utility Technician Qualifications:
    • Required Education and Experience
      • Level 1 Operator Certification in Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment and Water
      • Distribution, or an equivalent combination of certification,
      • Valid Class 5 Drivers Licence,
      • Minimum of 3 years’ recent, related experience,
      • Advanced knowledge of distribution/collection system cleaning and flushing practices,
      • Advanced knowledge of safe work practices and procedures,
      • Intermediate knowledge of water and wastewater sampling procedures, installation and repair of water & wastewater mains/valves/services, leak detection and line locating practices, pump and valve operation and maintenance practices and corrective and preventive maintenance procedures; and,
      • Solid understanding of water and wastewater analyses procedures, electrical & instrumentation system principles, hydraulic and pneumatic principles and chemical handling and storage
    • Required Skills and Abilities
      • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships,
      • Ability to understand and execute verbal and written instructions, read blueprints, and interpret plans and specifications,
      • Effective communication skills, with the ability to discuss simple issues with experts,
      • Proven experience working in a computerized environment including SCADA systems and with mobile applications,
      • Ability to use a wide variety of mechanical tools and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, installation and repair of water and wastewater systems including precision work with a low tolerance for error; and,
      • Must be medically and physically able to perform all duties of this position on an ongoing basis, for example:
        • Maneuver 35 kg - 65 kg valves within a restricted workspace (trench)
        • Manually push/pull/lift pipes/valves/fittings weighing up to 65 kg (e.g. hydrant repairs)
        • Perform manual tasks at heights and in confined spaces (e.g. torque fasteners)
    • The following qualifications are considered an asset:
      • Wastewater Collection Operator Certification – Level 1,
      • Completion of Hydrant Maintenance training,
      • Valid First Aid Certificate,
      • WHMIS and TDG,
      • Compact Excavator, Skid Steer and Forklift operation.

This casual work falls under the provisions of the Collective Agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 900. There are no guaranteed hours for this casual position. Pay will be dependent on qualifications. 

The classification for Utility Maintenance Labourer is Pay Grade 4, which is $26.29 to $30.52 per hour. The classification for Utility Technician is Pay Grade 6, which is $29.56 to $33.91 per hour.

Please email your application to humanresources@tnrd.ca by 4:00 p.m. on January 27, 2020 quoting Competition # 2020-001.

Applications must include a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications and experience. While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Thank you for considering the Thompson-Nicola Regional District as a place to share your talents!
While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Organization: Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Location: Kamloops, BC
Region: Thompson / Shuswap / Columbia
Professional Categories: Sewer & Wastewater,Water Services
Posted: January 13, 2020, 3:31 pm
Expires: January 27, 2020, 4:00 pm

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